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Original Title: Matrioixques
Hana’s exile is twofold. One is strictly geographical, far from the land where she was born and which she had to leave, the other intimate, keeping her apart from the life that surrounds her for fear of harm. In a privileged setting two thousand kilometres away Sara, who has just turned eighteen, yearns to be free. Faced with uncomfortable reality, fruit of past decisions that still reverberate in the present, both make bitter, surprising discoveries as they lessen the distance that separates them. In Matrioixques, Marta Carnicero Hernanz constructs, with her characteristically well-honed prose, a poignant, lucid story about trauma, the weight of historic and family legacies, the systematisation of violence, and the necessary reparation.
“Marta Carnicero’s virtuosity makes you want to keep reading, just to enjoy the way she constructs her sentences, and more to learn than to be entertained. She is one of those authors.”
“It’s easy to forget the numbers but impossible to forget a story like this one. Marta Carnicero gives a name, a face, and a life to what we aseptically call 'weaponised violence against women'”.
“Matrioixques offers glimpses of the ways women experience the trauma of war and how their bodies and minds bear the consequences that leave scars on their skin and in their spirit.”
Laura Borràs, La Vanguardia
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